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Hominids Audiobook

Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. A computerized guardian spirit, however, doesn't eliminate cross-cultural confusion; permanent male-female sexuality, rape, and overpopulation are all alien to Ponter. Nor can it help his housemate and fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer explains why Ponter Boddit is his favorite among all the characters he's created.

Hunt and gather: listen to more in the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy.

©2002 by Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 2003

"Sawyer is a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation." (The New York Times)

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    Will 06-24-15
    Will 06-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent listen"

    This book has the right amount of interesting ideas, science and story-telling to be an all-time favorite.

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    Allen 04-26-15
    Allen 04-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hominids to be better than the print version?

    Even though the story is excellent, I imagine that listening to the book narrated by a talented professional, as this book was, brought it more to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It causes the reader to rethink our social behavior, especially in the area of crime and religion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found it hard to take breaks. I looked for every opportunity to continue listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm anxiously anticipating Book II in the series.

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    SH Milpitas, CA 03-31-15
    SH Milpitas, CA 03-31-15

    A traveler

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    "Progressive Science Fiction -"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Feminist or any otherg roup who have a strong hatred of men


    What character would you cut from Hominids?

    Mary- Do we really need more feminist victim characters?


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to authors intro I should have realized where the book might lead. Unfortunately he is from Toronto. . Toronto is one of North Americas most dangerous cities for men. The novel denigrates men and portrays them as sexist rapist, the only exception is the Neanderthal who is a Sensitive New-Age Guy

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    West02139 Cambridge, MA 03-11-15
    West02139 Cambridge, MA 03-11-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Wanted to love it but..."

    A lot of people have commented on the politics and religion in this series. My dislike isn't at all due to the inclusion of controversial topics, but rather due to the incredibly heavy-handed approach the author took to those issues. Among other problems, he apparently has not learned the show-don't-tell maxim regarding writing, which is what makes his coverage of ethical issues feel so preachy and off-putting (and as a politically-liberal female scientist, born in the US and raised in Canada, and a sexual assault survivor, I'm probably the choir he thinks he's preaching to). Benign example: cop is shouting/yelling at Ponter and then Sawyer writes "two more cops had appeared at the entrance to the interrogation room, presumably coming in the response to the shouts." The bit about presumably coming in response to the shouts is unnecessary. And since Sawyer does that with ethical issues - instead of just describing the responses and actions of the characters and letting the reader think about them, he "explains" them- it gets old fast. His characters are also incredibly stereotyped and one dimensional. He doesn't address the various nonsensical aspects of his characters either (ie. violence supposedly having been bred out of the neanderthals and yet in the only two current-day examples included in the books, they choose violence).

    The premise is intriguing, which is what got me to halfway through book 2 before giving up, but that's about all I can say as a positive, aside from the narrator, who is fine.

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    Julia Portland, OR, United States 03-06-15
    Julia Portland, OR, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a writer who loves reading.

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    "Fantastic Sci Fi Story"

    I loved this story. It had great, accurate science and some really wonderful character building. I adored the world and the people in it and I found myself worrying about the Neanderthal's decisions after the book was over. Can't wait to read book 2.

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    Amy Edwardsville, IL, United States 02-24-15
    Amy Edwardsville, IL, United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    I don't know about this one. It's interesting from a data gathering point of view, but the story difficult in parts. I actually sped up the playback speed to 2x about halfway through.

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    Ron P. 02-14-15
    Ron P. 02-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very interesting world..."

    The idea of a parallel world to ours is not new, nor are stories about the discovery of neanderthal culture. What made this book good was the contrast between our human world and another.

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    Cathleen Clifton, NJ, United States 02-13-15
    Cathleen Clifton, NJ, United States 02-13-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth the credit"

    I enjoyed the book. Some very intriguing ideas. A lot of people complained about the rape scene, but it wasn't that bad. Brief and not too detailed. Not enough to detract from the book over all in my opinion.

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    liraun Austin, Tx United States 02-05-15
    liraun Austin, Tx United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth a listen"

    An interesting story idea. Stays entertaining most of the way through. There are some slow parts but overall it is well written and well performed. It was compelling enough for me to buy the next book in the series.

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    Jacob Wilson Alalëa 01-09-15
    Jacob Wilson Alalëa 01-09-15
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    "Unique & fascinating"

    A very unique take on the evolution of choice & parallel worlds. I can wait to read the next volume Humans.

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